A woman who lives in Fig Garden was rescued by Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters early Monday after she fell into a fast moving canal that flows through central Fresno.
It was a lucky day for her, as deputies who are part of the sheriff’s Search & Rescue team had just rolled out to train for water rescues when the 911 call was reported at 7:30 a.m. Deputy Freddie Henson said the woman, who lives in the area, was riding her bike along a canal bank just west of Van Ness Boulevard and Circle Drive North when she became dizzy and fell into the ice-cold water. Henson said the woman cannot swim and she began calling for help. A man walking his dog along the canal bank heard the cries and phoned for help while tossing a dog leash to the woman for a life line.
Henson, part of the search and rescue team, arrived moments later and tossed a throw line — a bag attached to 75 feet of rope — to the woman. Arriving firefighters assisted the woman out of the water with a ladder. She was taken to an area hospital for a checkup, but it appeared that she had only minor injuries, Henson said.